While bad weather and poor road conditions frequently factor into car accidents, other drivers create the most cause for concern.
Considering that the State of Maryland preliminary reported 563 fatalities in 2023 and 28,084 injury accidents, it creates a growing need to stay vigilant on the roads. Unfortunately, other drivers often do not follow suit and frequently turn roads dangerous for the following three most common reasons:
1. Driving while distracting
Distracted driving falls into three categories: visual, manual and cognitive. Those equate to taking the eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off the act of driving. While these happen for a plethora of reasons, from eating food to watching another accident on the side of the road, a fraction of a second not paying attention can quickly turn into a serious accident with long-term effects for everyone involved.
2. Driving over the speed limit
In an era where everyone seems to need to get somewhere in a hurry, speed limits often get overlooked. Even though it only equates to arriving a few minutes earlier, people still feel the need for speed. When traveling at higher rates, it means less time for a positive reaction. If an impact happens, it generally leads to more severe injuries and possible fatalities.
3. Driving aggressively
Along with feeling hurriedly, many drivers have a habit of judging other drivers and letting emotions take over. Once aggression hits, it may easily lead to speeding, tailgating, weaving through traffic, and running a red light. All of those lead to danger for everyone else on the road.
Although many people strive to drive safely, a simple drive to the store could turn into a terrifying situation. If a fatality or severe injury happens, victims and their families have rights.